Over the next few weeks-ish (mostly in Divine Timing), I’ll be bringing you some of my thoughts around manifestation, white supremacy, alignment, and the systemic structures that help to keep marginilization in place.
Words Mean Things
Before we begin, I want to explain what I mean for each thing so we’re all starting with the same understanding and definition of the words.
Words are of crucial importance for those of us who engage with the spiritual arts. The meaning behind words carry specific energies in the collective unconscious as well as the energy we give them in our own minds and energy systems.
Spells are made up of words for a reason. Words are creative – the more we speak and write things that help to usher in a better world, the easier it will be to actually create that world.
Naming “what is” is not a creative act. It is an observational act. You can say “My fridge is full” and have no energetic or emotional attachment. It’s simply an observation of what exists in this present moment.
When we can name things as they are from a neutral observer standpoint, (or even from a pissed-off, warrior standpoint), we are in the present moment and we can consciously choose to take appropriate aligned action.
While naming “what is” is not a creative act, choosing what to do with our current physical reality is an extremely creative act.
Our job – as spiritual practitioners and as people who care about one another – is to observe the world as it is and then allow ourselves to bring forth the change we feel called to bring forth.
For the next week or two or a billion (I don’t understand how time works, nor do I know how long this series will be), I’ll be sharing my thoughts and perspectives on what it means to use the Law of Attraction (like attracts like) at the intersection of being on a physical plane of existence where some folks have created systems to rob or divert people of their power, resources, or sacred identities. (Trans, Nonbinary, Indigenous, Non-Christian, to name a few sacred identities)
Manifestation – the process of taking things we see in our mind’s eye and making them real on the physical plane.
White supremacy – the belief that white people constitute a superior race and should therefore dominate society, typically to the exclusion or detriment of other racial and ethnic groups, in particular black or Jewish people. (From Google)
Alignment – when your mind, body, emotions, environment, and spirit are all acting as one on the physical plane.
Marginalization – treatment of a person, group, or concept as insignificant or peripheral. (From Google)
Systemic oppression – is the intentional disadvantaging of groups of people based on their identity while advantaging members of the dominant group through systems in society, whether it’s government, business, or social customs. (adapted from Google)
Systems Reign in Manifestation
In 2014 I wanted to study alignment and manifestation deeply. I decided to spend the year reading 100+ books on it and exploring the applications of the basic principles.
Here are a few of the books I’ve read, and there are quite a bit more:
- Ask and It is Given
- The Universe Has Your Back
- The Holographic Universe
- As a Man Thinketh
- Think and Grow Rich
- The Power of Positive Thinking
- The Master Key System
- You Can Heal Your Life
- The Secret of Ages
- Acres of Diamonds
- The Biology of Emotion
The core premise of manifestation is pretty simple: What you focus on and choose to cocreate, you can create.
That has been my experience – when I laser focus on what I genuinely want in my heart of hearts with intensity and optimism, I tend to get it.
But what isn’t discussed – and it needs to be discussed – is how the current systems of inequality and inequity impact how those manifestations filter through the physical realm.
Here’s the deal: We have systems in our current society (and I’m specifically referencing the United States since that’s where I live and have the most insight/experience) that actively disenfranchise some groups of people.
Poor areas receive fewer resources for schools because school funds come from property taxes.
Redlining – the process of rejecting people for a loan based on where they live or the color of their skin – is still in practice despite it being illegal.
These systems are in place and exist in the physical plane right now – so they can be used by anyone who has access to them.
If a person in a wealthy white neighborhood and a person of color in a poor neighborhood are exactly the same in every way, the systems in existence will favor the wealthy white person, which compounded over time will only increase the disparity between the two.
It’s a little ridiculous that so many of us study books from white dudes in the 1800s and expect these men to be able to accurately discern what is Magic and what is Systemic Advantage.
Those with the most systemic privilege tend to have the least amount of awareness of their privilege or the systemic advantages they have.
It’s our jobs to fix that – not just yours and mine, but *everyone’s*.
When systems are made to favor those with the most resources (ie: tax breaks for folks who have all of their essential needs met, but no tax breaks for folks who struggle to pay rent or food), and it becomes increasingly harder for people to find the resources they are looking for, despite those resources being in abundance (there is plenty of food on Earth for every person, but plenty of people die of starvation), then it’s time for us to dismantle the systems or change them so drastically that we can set things back into balance.
Manifestation and alignment are spiritual tools that we use to actively and consciously cocreate new systems.
It doesn’t happen on its own – it happens through appropriate aligned action.
As in, we take action that is in alignment with our body, mind, spirit, emotions, and environment that supports the world we want to create.
So… what actions are on your mind and heart?
Part 2 will come soon….
Rev. “EA” Kerti